By MICHAEL CHILDERS, CJ Correspondent
The Lake Cumberland All-Stars defended their home turf in the 2013 Cal Ripken 10U District 5 Tournament on the SKRECC Field at the Ward Correll Sports Complex.
In a best of three series, Lake Cumberland took the first two games of the district tournament over Casey County, allowing them to become district champions and advance to the Cal Ripken State Tournament. Lake Cumberland won the second game in five innings by a final tally of 14-2, and were victourious in the first game by a score of 5-2.
In the second game, the Lake Cumberland All-Stars finished with nine hits on the night, and was led at the plate by Zach Travis. Travis who had a game-high three hits in the 12-run victory. Travis hit two doubles and droive in a pair of runs.
On the mound, Travis struck out seven batters in three innings of work. Travis also earned the victory for Lake Cumberland.
Lake Cumberland and Casey County both plated two runs each in the first frame, meaning both teams went into the second inning with the score deadlocked at 2-2. From that point on, it was Lake Cumberland, as they plated 12 unanswered runs to come away with a mercy rule victory.
Max Morris and Ryle McBride both finished the contest with two hits and two RBI’s each. Brandon Sloan and Benito Zaragoza chimed with a hit in the win district championship game.
Brandon Jones, who pitched 1 2/3 innings for Lake Cumberland, gave up zero runs on four hits and had three strikeouts in relief. Tucker Howard, who pitched to one batter, had a lone strikeout in the game.
LC - 2 1 4 4 3 - 14 9 1
CC - 2 0 0 0 0 - 2 3 3
W - Travis (LC)
L - Hinkle (CC)
2B - Travis 2 (LC)
RBI - Travis 2, Morris 2, McBride, Howard, Sloan, Stevens (LC)
In the opening game of the ‘best of three’ series, Lake Cumberland came away with a hard fought 5-2 win thanks to the handy work of their starting pitcher John Phipps, who worked the entire game on the mound.
Phipps recorded an impressive 13 strikeouts and gave up only three hits. Phipps pitched five innings of scoreless baseball before giving up a pair of meaningless runs to Casey County in the final frame.
The game went three complete innings with neither team able to send a runner home. But Lake Cumberland was able to put a pair of runs on the board in the home half of the fourth inning.
In the fourth, Brandon Slone singled to right field bringing home Trey Price. Later, Gavin Stevens laid down a prefect sacrifice bunt to score Max Morris from third base.
Lake Cumberland came back to score three more runs in the fifth inning. Ryle McBride hit an inside-the-park homer to lead off the inning for the local all-stars. Zach Travis tripled to right field scoring Cole Reynolds. Later, Travis came home off a wild pitch.
The 10U Lake Cumberland All-Stars will play in the Cal Ripken East Kentucky State Tournament at Southeastern Lexington on July 10.
CC 0 0 0 0 0 2 — 2 3 1
LC 0 0 0 3 2 X – 5 6 1
2B - Travis.
3B - Travis.
HR - McBride.
RBI - Slone, Stevens, McBride, Travis.